Forensic Science in Contemporary American Popular Culture : Gender, Crime, and Science (Hardcover)

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This book identifies, traces, and interrogates contemporary American culture''s seemingly endless fascination with forensic science. It looks to the many different sites, genres, and media where the forensic has become a cultural commonplace. It turns firstly to the most visible spaces where forensic science has captured the collective imagination: crime films and television programmes. In contemporary screen culture, crime is increasingly framed as an area of scientific inquiry and, even more frequently, as an area of concern for female experts. One of the central concerns of this book is the gendered nature of expert scientific knowledge, as embodied by the ubiquitous character of the female investigator. Steenberg argues that our fascination with the forensic depends on our equal fascination with (and suspicion of) women''s bodies--with the bodies of the women investigating and with the bodies of the mostly female victims under investigation.

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Publisher Taylor & Francis
Mfg Part# 9780415891882
SKU 217655833
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0415891884
Release Date 11/20/2012
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Dimensions (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 0.5T
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Editors Note This book identifies, traces, and interrogates contemporary American culture's fascination with forensic science. It looks to the many different sites, genres, and media where the forensic has become a cultural commonplace. It turns firstly to the most visible spaces where forensic science has captured the collective imagination: crime films and television programs. In contemporary screen culture, crime is increasingly framed as an area of scientific inquiry and, even more frequently, as an area of concern for female experts. One of the central concerns of this book is the gendered nature of expert scientific knowledge, as embodied by the ubiquitous character of the female investigator. Steenberg argues that our fascination with the forensic depends on our equal fascination with (and suspicion of) women's bodies?with the bodies of the women investigating and with the bodies of the mostly female victims under investigation.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0236
Publisher Routledge
Series Part 45
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